James Blunt stops by the Peak studios for a chat with Jackie, Tony & Donnie, some breakfast and to perform a private acoustic set for some of our listeners!
Here are the pics from Acoustic Christmas featuring Sara Bareilles, Plain White T's, Big Head Todd, Ryan Star, Christina Perri, Hope and Hedley!
'Sopranos' star James Gandolfini died of an apparent heart attack yesterday in Italy. He was 51.
The actor who brought Tony Soprano to life on HBO for six seasons was in Sicily for a film festival. (Friends say he was vacationing with his son.)
Gandolfini won three Emmys as best actor in the role, but he also had a busy film career before and after the show. It ranges from 1993's "True Romance" to more recent films such as "Zero Dark Thirty".
HBO confirmed the death of the Jersey native in a statement: “He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect.”
** Gandolfini had been working on “Animal Rescue,” now in post-production, HBO limited series “Criminal Justice”, as well as the CBS show “Taxi 22.”
** He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, a son and a baby daughter.
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'Sopranos' creator David Chase said in a statement: James Gandolfini... "is one of the greatest actors of this or any time.
"A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.' There would be silence at the other end of the phone."
And like all great artists, Chase acknowledged, "He wasn't easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain."
Chase added, "For [wife] Deborah and [kids] Michael and Liliana this is crushing. And it's bad for the rest of the world."
Gandolfini's costar Steven Schirripa said: "Jimmy was a dear friend and like a brother to me. He was a great actor and a great father. I will miss him terribly. I am very sad."
B.J. Novak: "James Gandolfini on "Inside The Actors Studio": one of the most inspiring interviews about acting I have ever seen."
Ewan McGregor: "Jesus. The world just lost one of its great actors. James Gandolfini has passed away. Thoughts to his family. Such a talent. I'm saddened."
Jonah Hill: "I'm truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss."
Richard Roeper: "Hard to believe Mr. Gandolfini was just 37 when "The Sopranos" premiered. Gone way too soon at 51."
Rose McGowan: "I am heartbroken about James Gandolfini. He was a gentle giant and great man.... I loved him."
Rob Lowe: "James Gandoldini gave the greatest performance in the history of television. He was also a kind man. Condolences to his family."
Robin Williams: "My thoughts and prayers go out to James Gandolfini's family. An extraordinary actor. RIP, Mr. Gandolfini."
Susan Sarandon: "So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I've ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family."
Tom Arnold: "James Gandolfini was a great guy. Better actor. I'm sorry for his family."
Debra Messing: "Heartbreaking news about James Gandolfini... Shocking. HUGE loss. Kind, humble, and a Singular Talent. Rest in Peace."
Bette Midler: "The great James Gandolfini passed away today. Only 51. I can't believe it."
Gilles Marini: "R.I.P James Gandolfini . Was an honor to teach your son Soccer and to have known You. You were such a great man and father. #Heartbroken"
Olivia Wilde: "James Gandolfini was a kind, funny, wonderful guy. I'm so lucky to have worked with him. Sending love to his family. Such a sad, sad day."
Jimmy Kimmel: "I'm sadder about James Gandolfini than everyone else."
Chef Paula Deen, the queen of butter, admitted in a recorded deposition to telling racist jokes, using the N-word, and planning a slavery-themed wedding.
The deposition took place last month, as part of a $1.2 million lawsuit brought by a former manager of Deen’s restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.
The former manager claimed that Deen used the N-word at the restaurant and that Deen’s brother, who also runs the restaurant, sexually harassed her.
When asked if she ever used the N-word, Deen replied “Yes, of course,” and admitted telling racist jokes, explaining, “It’s just what they are — they’re jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I can’t determine what offends another person.”
The former manager also claimed that Deen wanted African-American employees to act like slaves for a big wedding she was planning, and Deen explained she got the idea from a restaurant where "the whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie."
Allegedly, Deen added, “I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America…after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War…It was not only black men, it was black women…I would say they were slaves.”
Her brother Bubba also admitted to referring to President Obama with the N-word.
Meanwhile, the Food Network, which airs two of Paula's shows, have distanced themselves from Deen's comments.
They released a statement saying that the network "does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion. We will continue to monitor the situation.”
Jake Gyllenhaal has ditched his rumored girlfriend, model Emily DiDonato, for another "Sports Illustrated" Swimsuit babe, Alyssa Miller.
Jake G was spotted making out with Miller at a coffee shop at Pier 57 along the Hudson River in New York City.
Reality TV star, Snooki, spoke up for the LGBT community at a recent event and said, ‘I’m praying I have a gay son one day.’
The former "Jersey Shore" star joined her co-star Jenni "JWoww" Farley to give a speech for the Trevor Project organization that is dedicated to preventing suicides of LGBT youth.
Snooki said, "Me and Jenni weren't exactly the best role models, but now that I'm a mom, I'm so grateful for The Trevor Project to support the LGBT youth so they have someone there for them because I'm praying I have a gay little boy one day."
25-year-old Snooki gave birth to her first son, Lorenzo, in August last year.
~~Actress, Nicole Kidman (Mrs. Keith Urban) is 46 (Days of Thunder; Moulin Rouge!; The Hours, The Human Stain, Cold Mountain, The Stepford Wives 2004, Birth, Bewitched (2005), Happy Feet, The Golden Compass; Nine; Just Go With It; Trespass; The Paper Boy; many more)
~~Actor, John Goodman is 61 (Roseanne; The Big Lebowski, What Planet Are You From?, Coyote Ugly, Father of the Pride's Larry, Monsters, Inc; Center of the Universe's John Pressman, Beyond the Sea, Speed Racer; Annabeth Hartzog)
~~Home repair show host Bob Vila is 67. (This Old House, Home Again, Home Improvement)
~~ Actor Josh Lucas ("Sweet Home Alabama," ''A Beautiful Mind") is 42. (American Psycho; Poseidon (2006)
~~Veteran actor, Martin Landau is 85 (Mission: Impossible 1966; North by Northwest; Ed Wood; Without a Trace; many more)
~~Actor, Danny Aiello is 80 (Once Upon a Time In America; Do the Right Thing; Léon: The Professional
~~Actor John Mahoney ("Frasier") is 73. (Primal Fear; Say Anything…)
~~Actor Chris Mintz-Plasse ("Superbad") is 24. (Kick-Ass)
~~Director, Robert Rodriguez ("Sin City"; many more) is 45
~~Actress, Olympia Dukakis is 82 (Look Who's Talking; Moonstruck; Mr. Holland's Opus)
~~Actor, James Tolkan (school principal in 'Back to the Future' movies) is 82 (Top Gun)
~~Actress, Tika Sumpter ("The Game") is 33
~~Actor Peter Paige ("Queer as Folk") is 44.
~~Actress, Tina Sinatra is 65 (Daughter of Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbato)
~~UCF fighter Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson is 35 (The A-Team movie)
~~NFL star, LaVar Arrington is 35
~~NFL legend, Len Dawson is 78
~~Singer Lionel Richie is 64.
~~Singer, Cyndi Lauper is 60
~~Singer Grace Potter (of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) is 30.
~~Musician Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys) is 71.
~~Singer Anne Murray is 68.
~~Bassist Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) is 59.
~~Bassist John Taylor (of Duran Duran) is 53.
~~Keyboardist Chris Dudley (of Underoath) is 30.
~~Bassist Twiggy Ramirez (of Marilyn Manson) is 42.
~~Keyboardist Mark De Gli Antoni (Soul Coughing) is 51.
~~Bassist Murphy Karges (of Sugar Ray) is 46.
~~Rapper, Loon is 38
~~Singer Dan Tyminski (of Alison Krauss and Union Station) is 46
~~Singer Amos Lee is 36.
~~Country singer, Chuck Wicks is 34
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show— Kristin Davis, Harvey Fierstein, the Mowgli's
Late Show with David Letterman—John Travolta, Chris DiStefano, Japandroids
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon— Elijah Wood, Grant Bowler, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson— Lewis Black, Matt Morales
Last Call with Carson Daly-- (re-run 5/1/13) Guillermo Diaz, Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes, the Stepkids
ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'—Anna Paquin, Brad Keselowski, Muse
Today Show—Actor Donald Sutherland; actor Jason Statham; the winner of ``The Voice.''
Good Morning America— Actor John Travolta; actor Billy Crystal.
CBS This Morning— Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.); technology columnist David Pogue.
Live With Kelly and Michael— Jessica Alba, Jon Hamm
The View— Billy Crystal, Amy Grant
The Talk— Alex Trebek, Big Time Rush, guest co-host La Toya Jackson
The Ellen DeGeneres Show— (re-run 9/25/12) Zooey Deschanel, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, No Doubt
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central— Tom Brokaw
THE COLBERT REPORT, Comedy Central—Joss Whedon
Chelsea Lately — Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ben Gleib, Arden Myrin, Nico Santos
CONAN, TBS — (re-run 4/4/13) Charles Barkley, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Madonna was at the premiere of her "MDNA Tour" concert film and talked about the experience.
She said: "There's no such thing as not in the mood because the show must go on, right? I'm a human being like everybody else, so I would have my nights, my bad nights and I would cry and I would say, 'I don't want to do this.'"
"I sold the tickets and I can't let my audience down. Before every show everyone came into my dressing room and we got in a circle and said prayers and 50 percent of the time I said them and 49 percent of the time I was crying, usually from over-exhaustion. But there's something about pushing yourself out there when it's pouring rain or you're freezing cold or you don't feel well or something really crazy happened in the world like Hurricane Sandy."
Madonna's tour also featured her 12-year-old son, Rocco, as a dancer.
She said: "He was going to go on my tour whether he liked it or not. I was thrilled to see him every night. He gave me a boost of energy. However, he does not look like that now. In one year he has grown, he's 6 feet tall and his voice has deepened. I'm a little bit scared of him."
Madonna also unveiled a secret project. It's a collaboration with photographer Steven Klein. She showed a one-minute trailer that featured her background dancers and showed the singer being dragged on the floor.
Madonna's new concert film will be released on DVD August 27th.
Cher is warning fans they may never hear her collaboration with Lady Gaga because Gaga "doesn't like" the song.
The ladies teamed up to record a track called "The Greatest Thing," but Cher says it may be left off her upcoming album because of a disagreement between her and Gaga.
When a Twitter follower asked why she hasn’t released the song, Cher wrote: "It's done and she doesn't like it, or want it to come out. She's an artist, it's up to her. I'm disappointed too."
Ne-Yo is contributing material to the upcoming new album from Beyonce and gave an update on the progress of the new set.
Ne-Yo said: "I'm still putting stuff together for Beyonce's album. They're still trying to figure out what they want that to be, which I'm not mad at. Beyonce's the kind of artist where you're not gonna see it till it's right. And her fans -- they love her so they'll be patient."
Us Weekly reports that Selena Gomez and Ed Sheeran are now "involved".
The couple were brought together by Taylor Swift, who is now touring with Sheeran and is a Gomez pal.
One source said that Gomez finds 22-year-old Sheeran more mature than her 19-year-old ex (Justin Bieber).
Another source says, "They are friends with an open mind.’
A young Justin Bieber fan has died after battling the aggressive cancer for three-and-a-half years.
Millie Flamm's death comes six months after a family friend launched a campaign to encourage Bieber to visit her in a Utah hospital. She was too ill to attend one of his concerts.
Bieber said he had never been contacted by so many people in relation to one little girl.
Her family wrote on a youtube tribute:
'She is our hero and words cannot express how much we will miss you,' they said. 'We are grateful to know that she is in Heaven and that we will see her again.'
Cher is 67-years-old and has spent most of her life in the spotlight so she offered advice to young artists on the world of paparazzi attention.
She told them: "You're screwed. That's my advice. You don't deal with it. You just try to get a place where no one can find you and that's your little sanctuary. I have a fabulous house that I love and it's my sanctuary."
Cher has topped the Billboard pop charts throughout the last six decades, but she credits luck and not talent for her staying power.
She said: "If you have an idea, you tell me because I haven't got a clue. I believe that luck has a lot to do with it. There are lots of people who are more talented or whatever, but somehow this has been my path. So this is what I'm doing."
Black Sabbath debuted on the Billboard 200 chart for the first time, almost 43 years after they formed. "13" started at No. 1 with 155,000 copies sold.
No. 2 belongs to Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," which sold 48,000 copies.
Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" moved up 9-3, Big Time Rush debuted at No. 4 with "24/Seven" and Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times" moved up three spots to No. 5.
Robin Thicke is spending a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell. Pharrell. The track sold 371,000 downloads.
Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" moved up a spot to No. 2 by selling 195,000 downloads.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton slipped 2-3, Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" climbed 6-4 and Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" dropped 4-5.
Just months before she attempted suicide, Paris Jackson testified in a deposition in the billion dollar wrongful death lawsuit of her late father Michael. She talked about her former nanny, Grace Rwaramba, and how she was obsessed with her father.
In the video, Paris said: “You’re going to get creeped out… no joke. My dad didn’t like her so he tried to keep her away from us. He would send her to run errands a lot. He said she was sneaky, she was not an honest person and she lied a lot.”
When asked why MJ didn’t fire her, Paris said: "He felt bad. She didn’t really have a lot of money.”
Rwaramba became an issue in the Jackson case when lawyers for the family hinted Rwaramba had been fired by AEG the same way his personal chef was let go two months before Jackson died.
The portrait Paris painted is different to how Rwaramba had been viewed in the past. She had been seen like a mother to Jackson’s children over her 17 years of employment. Jackson and Rwaramba were thought to be so close that the couple was rumored to be considering marriage.
Paris Jackson said: “She used to be one of the nannies but she got really creepy. This is going to freak you out. One time, it was before — me and my brother were really young — before Blanket was born. When he would stay in a hotel, or whatever, she would call the hotel and say that she was his wife. She was obsessed with him. They let her in and he’d wake up and she would be in his bed.”
Lawyers for the Jacksons told a judge they expect to rest their case by July 8th.